After Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Trilogy wrapped and there was that period of uncertainty about Warner Bros.' plans, a popular rumor was that Christian Bale would continue on as Batman, along with some fun theories that Joseph Gordon-Levitt would show up as Robin. Obviously, none of those things happened and what Zack Snyder is building now with Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is something totally separate from what Nolan did. But was there ever a chance of Bale being part of Snyder's DCU? Turns out the answer is yes, but not as you might think. He tells FilmInk....
"This is a total and opposite reality from the Chris Nolan movies. It’s another universe, so we couldn’t hire Christian Bale if we wanted to, because he doesn’t exist in our world. Maybe we could hire him to play another part. We did talk about that briefly. I just wanted to hire Christian to play another part to make that obvious. Christian could play, like, Alfred with age makeup. No! Of course not. But you know what I mean. Even people at the studio would say, ‘Who are you getting from the other movies?’ And I was like, ‘Hey, come on guys, let’s all understand, it’s a different world.’ In the Batman universe that Chris Nolan created, Superman would have a hard time existing. That that’s why we did a reboot on the universe, so we could allow these characters to exist together. We needed to do that to have Batman exist in this world."
While it's probably for the best to keep Bale out, he might have made a great Commissioner Gordon. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice opens March 25th.